Today's Jeeping: Off to the Jankoporium...
Originally Posted by G Beasley View Post
Pictured: Fresh-grilled SputnikBurgers...
Pictured: ...fun with grinders and brand-new Synergy brackets...
Pictured: ...welding tutorials...
Pictured: ...Acetylene Happy Hour...
Pictured: ...a three-link being installed...
Pictured: ...and Jankoid's Secret Stash.
Just to clarify: in that last picture there are (among other things) about two-dozen tires, five sets of wheels, a Cherokee, a Comanche, a couple of busted-a** Volvos and a short bus, a missing set of pliers, a phone charger, a box of turn signals, a 231 transfer case that had been almost entirely forgotten about and a four-door TJ. Not shown in any of the pictures are the seven or eight hours we spent crawling in and around and under Jeeps while discussing axles, suspensions, charcoal grills, the various merits and failure points of transfer cases and the best way to extract a 6.0-liter LQ4 from a van that doesn't need it anymore.
Today's Jeeping: The venerable TJ Toolkit suffered a major containment system blowout last night - the bag split a seam, finally - so I'm cleaning it all out, re-sorting it and re-vamping it and making it into a Gen II version that I'm temporarily calling "The TJ Trail Bag." It's bigger - much bigger - but it will also contain my electrical kit and some extra repair essentials that I couldn't stuff into the half-of-a-loaf-of-bread-sized bag that housed the tools beforehand. Also, if I get a chance I'm going to get back to work on my front bumper; I have a template drawn up for the piece of structural steel that will reinforce the lower portions, and I'm going to measure out the pieces I'll need to make the end caps. After all that is done I'm going to start figuring out how to remove the 6.0 from the van that's in the back lot down at the Jankoporium: there are approximately 6,423,557 wires in the harness and I can't even see the motor mounts from the front...and that's with all of the sheet metal already out of the way!
Today's Jeeping: I got some rough templates for the bumper end-caps made - again, the metal is NOT square so that makes everything just oh-so-much fun - and I got quite a bit of work done on reworking the Toolkit; I couldn't find much information online about extracting a van engine so I'll be looking more on that up this evening and waiting on the LJ's motor mounts to get here so we can get to work on that Jeep, too.
Got that Toyota chit
Originally Posted by spyder6 View Post
Sundowner I think I'm going to look for a 4bt diesel and 5 speed manual. I can't stand automatic transmissions. To each is own, but I'd rather have a manual transmission, gives the whole driving experience. Automatics are like popcorn at the movie with no butter or salt. All my parts showed up from genright, now the fun begins. I have to find another Dana 60 rear, the one I had is froze up tighter than you know what. Hopefully you come up with a solution to your transmission dilemma.
My last couple of Jeeps were AX15s and my current one is an automatic and I kind of like it. It has been about 9 months now and I still find myself reaching for the shifter every once in awhile but I can live with it.
2000 XJ 4.0L/ Auto
04 TJ 4.0L- RIP 06 KJ Ltd
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